Ruckman Racer Update

September 12, 2014

Fire Up for Jog-a-Thon!

Barring inclement weather, Wednesday is the day for our third annual Jog-a-Thon! Thank you to the numerous parents who have signed up to help in some way with this event. Also, thanks to the families who are helping their children solicit donations. As you may already know, all the proceeds from our "walk/jog" go to the Stonegate PTO to fund various projects for the school and our classrooms. We have been able to add much-needed technology the past two years because of the money raised.

I have received two envelopes with donations so far. If you are planning to participate financially in our fundraiser, please send money in at any time during the next two weeks in the envelope sent home two weeks ago. Hoping for a beautiful day on Wednesday to enjoy being outside with 24 of my favorite people!

Curriculum Corner

What a great week we had! Here are a few of our accomplishments:

  • Finished and compared the book and video version of The Tale of Despereaux. After the finale, we determined that 3/4 of the class preferred the video over the book. After discussing reasons for this, most class members were able to see the other students' points of view. You might want to put it on your list of videos to rent!
  • Began our study of a completely different genre--biography/autobiography. Our four groups are studying three totally different famous individuals: Babe Ruth, Jane Goodall, and Annie Oakley. These books will lead us to activities that will create an exceptional product to share with others--a desk blotter that reflects the lives of the assigned person. More information to come about that next week.
  • Kicked off our specialty research by getting organized with folders to collect note cards. Many researchers went home last evening and got a great start on the first assignment--to collect facts on their animals' appearance.
  • Completed a Web Quest started last week in which students worked with a partner to collect information about four animal habitats/biomes. We will continue this study next week.
  • Had a great discussion about the events of September 11, 2001. Our conversation centered around a book, 14 Cows for America, which tells the true story of a tribe in Kenya who were so moved by the American's plight after 9/11 that they gave 14 sacred cows/bulls to the U.S., which are cared for by the tribe and will never be slaughtered. Instead, the calves that result from the original 14 cattle will continue to be kept as a unending, living memorial to the brave folks who served as heroes of all kind that day.
  • Sorted out the spelling of WTW words, as well as spelling patterns for making a variety of singular nouns plural.
  • Completed math work on review topics/Unit One for the Orange Group and began Unit 2 with the Purple Group, focusing on data, larger numbers, and refining addition algorithms.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 16: Happy Second Birthday to my grandson, Logan!
Wednesday, September 17: Jog-a-Thon (starting at 1:00 p.m. for Grade 3)
Wednesday, September 24: Anti-Bullying Lesson with Mrs. Cox
Friday, September 26: Go, Colts! Dress-Up Day
Friday, October 10: End of Grading Period One
Friday, October 17: Fall Parties (2:00-3:15)***This is a date change!!!
Week of October 13: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Week of October 20: Fall Break